April 29, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Cards release James, also cut Hood, LaBoy


The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday granted running back Edgerrin James' wish to be released and cut two others who played significant roles in the team's run to the Super Bowl. While the James move was expected, the releases of cornerback Rod Hood and defensive end Travis LaBoy were not. The moves clear significant salary cap space for the Cardinals, who want to sign new deals with linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Adrian Wilson, and eventually with unhappy wide receiver Anquan Boldin. James, Hood and LaBoy were to have made a combined $10 million next season. James had 794 carries for 2,895 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three seasons in Arizona. James was benched for seven games in 2008, and he asked the team to release him then. The Cardinals refused, and he was reinserted into the lineup late in the season.

Chargers: : Running back Darren Sproles signed the $6.6 million contract he was tendered as the team's franchise player.

Jets: : Brett Favre was released from the reserve-retired list, making the quarterback a free agent if he decides to again come out of retirement.

Et cetera:: The Steelers signed Bowie State running back Isaac Redman to their offseason roster, the school said. ... Michael Vick's revised bankruptcy plan will incorporate many of the suggestions made by a federal judge who rejected his first proposal but will still be based largely on resuming his once-lucrative NFL career, a lawyer for the suspended quarterback said. ... Unhappy cornerback Sheldon Brown said he'll report to the Eagles' mandatory minicamp this weekend so that he's prepared to play with some team this season. ... Atlanta-bound tight end Tony Gonzalez bid Kansas City farewell in a news conference he paid for at a downtown hotel and promised that if he ever goes into the Hall of Fame, it will be as a Chief. ... The Redskins acquired running back Marcus Mason off waivers from the Jets.

Yanks reducing price of tickets at new park


The Yankees are cutting some premium ticket prices and giving free seats to certain ticket holders in response to empty seats during the first homestand at their fancy new ballpark. The team slashed the price of 48 first-row Legends Suite season seats on the outer half of the dugouts and photo cages from $2,500 to $1,250, and 68 others in the final three sections down each foul line from $1,000 to $650. New York said the reductions will apply to this season only.

More Yankees: : Third baseman Alex Rodriguez participated in a sliding drill for the first time and got 15 at-bats during his initial simulated game since undergoing right hip surgery last month.

Angels: : Team officials dismissed speculation that slugger Vladimir Guerrero, who was sent to the disabled list April 18 because of a torn pectoral, will be out for much more than a month.

Et cetera: : Proviant Technologies, the nutritional supplement manufacturer being sued by J.C. Romero, said the suspended Phillies reliever should have done more homework - including checking the warning label - before using the product that led to his testing positive for a substance banned by Major League Baseball. ... Mets manager Jerry Manuel said pitcher Oliver Perez has one more chance to keep his starting spot. Perez, who is 1-2 with a 9.31 ERA, is scheduled to start Saturday against the Phillies. ... All-Star center fielder Josh Hamilton was held out of the Rangers' starting lineup for the third straight game because of bruised ribs. ... Joel Hanrahan (8.64 ERA) lost his job as Nationals closer. ... The Astros put closer Jose Valverde on the 15-day DL because of a strained right calf.

Official: Horses died of mineral overdose


Florida's top veterinarian on Tuesday blamed the deaths of 21 elite polo horses on an overdose of a common mineral that helps muscles recover from fatigue. Florida's state veterinarian, Dr. Thomas J. Holt, said toxicology tests on the dead horses showed significantly increased selenium levels.

Et cetera: : Ben Nevis II, a chestnut gelding who twice won the Maryland Hunt Cup (1977 and 1978), will be enshrined in thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame in August in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In 1980, Ben Nevis II won the prestigious Grand National at Aintree, England. ... I Want Revenge, the probable favorite for the Kentucky Derby, zipped a half-mile in 47.20 seconds, the fastest of the 49 workouts at the distance. ... Square Eddie has been pulled from the Derby after re-aggravating a bone injury. Atomic Rain is now in the Derby field.

Pens name Bylsma as permanent coach

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The Pittsburgh Penguins officially named Dan Bylsma their head coach after his arrival as the interim coach sparked the team to an 18-3-4 record over their final 25 regular-season games and a first-round playoff series win. Bylsma and the team reached an agreement on a multiyear contract Monday night. Terms were not disclosed.

More NHL: : The league has loaned an unknown amount of money to the Phoenix Coyotes for payroll and rent payments.

Varsity: : Mount St. Joseph junior guard Eric Atkins, the Baltimore Catholic League's Player of the Year and a first-team All-Metro selection, has committed to play at Notre Dame after his senior year with the Gaels. Atkins averaged 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in leading the Gaels to the semifinals of the BCL tournament. ... Meade hired Pete Corriero as boys basketball coach.

Olympics: : Six athletes - including two medalists - have turned up positive for a new blood-boosting substance in retests of samples from the Beijing Games. The names have not been disclosed.

Cycling: : Lance Armstrong will race in the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico after all, the seven-time Tour de France champion's first race since breaking his collarbone in a crash last month. USA Cycling reached an agreement with the International Cycling Union, which had moved to bar him.

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